200h Hatha/Ishta Traditional Yoga Teachers Training

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200 Hour Hatha/Ishta Traditional Yoga Teachers Training Certificate 

Pathways Academy of Life – 200 Hour Hatha /Ishta Traditional Yoga Teachers Training Certification is a Curriculum in the Ancient Art Of Yoga, its tradition, psychology and philosophy. Traditional yoga is an eight limb practice, we focus on all eight limbs as we understand that merge of the finite self and Infinite Self, which is the ultimate goal of yoga, is only attainable by mastery of all eight limbs.  It teaches one how to integrate the age old teachings and modern day life, into a way of being, bringing balance and fulfillment to life. It is non-denominational and open to all.  Pathways Academy of Life is  a CYS with World Yoga Alliance and students receive a CYT certificate from them on completion of training. Traditional Yoga Teachers Training was done with small groups to ensure personalized attention and allow people to be in a save space while learning and processing. This tradition lives on at Pathways Country Yoga Retreat.


Those that wish to transform their life, awaken and merge with their soul, deepen their knowledge and experience of Yoga, heal themselves and others through the study, knowledge and wisdom of the Ancient Yoga Tradition and have a passion to share this experience.

If you are looking for something less intense please see our 100 Hour Yoga Nidra Teachers Training under our Life changing retreats page. 


  • The meaning of Yoga
  • A spiritual Life
  • The science and philosophy of Yoga
  • Anatomy of the physical body: Circulatory respiratory, digestive,
    lymphatic, endocrine, nervous, muscular skeletal, immune and
    genitor urinary systems etc.
  • Anatomy of the non physical body: The chakras, nadis, kundalini,
    aura, ida, pingala, sushumna
  • The joint operation of the physical and non physical bodies
  • Energy balancing – disease and pranic healing.
  • Anatomical and physiological studies
  • Understanding the role and operation of mind, body and
  • The mind psychological studies Including, mind, mental states,
    affect of yoga on the mind
  • Asana (postures) benefits, contra-indication, healing, breathing
  • Asana correction techniques, training & practice of asanas,
    pranayama, kriya, mantra, and meditation
  • Teaching techniques and methodology Including voice projection,
    class planning, teacher qualities
  • Techniques to develop and teach with intuition
  • Principles of demonstration, observation, assistance, correcting,
  • Pranayama including all breath techniques
  • Relaxation
  • Yoga Nidra
  • Meditation(Pratyahara, Dhyana, Dharana, Samadhi) Including
    trataka, silence and 20 meditation practices
  • Shatkarmas Purification
  • Patanjali’s Eight Limbs of Yoga
  • Sutras of Patanjali
  • The paths of Yoga
  • Mudras and Bhandas
  • Mantra and Yantra
  • Gunas and Tattvas
  • Compassion, forgiveness and gratitude
  • Facing challenges
  • Ethics and lifestyle
  • Diet and Auyrveda
  • Self study and journaling
  • Processing of Psychic Scars
  • Getting started: class settings, goal setting


  • Initiate self practice of a minimum of 10 hours of yoga per week
  • A passion to share the age old tradition
  • Practical Exam and case study


  • A Pathway Academy of Life Yoga Teacher certificate on completion of the 200h course
  • Membership with Yoga Teacher Fellowship of Southern Africa
  • Yoga Teacher Fellowship Members are automatically International Yoga Federation members
  • Registration with World Yoga Alliance as a CYT


Jennifer Fitzsimmons is the founder of Pathways Academy of Life and Pathways Country Yoga Retreat based in Kw-Zulu Natal, South Africa where she hosts workshops, yoga retreats and classes. She also founded Pathways Yoga Retreat Venue Hire. She is the author of her published book Pathway To Wellness. As a qualified Life Coach she specializes in transforming lives in wellness and fulfillment. Jennifer is a qualified and registered Yoga Teacher through Ishta School of Yoga and Health. She is also a qualified Kundalini Yoga Teacher (as taught by Yogi Bhajan) through 3HO. Jennifer is also a full member of The Yoga Teacher Fellowship of Southern Africa, thus the International Yoga Federation; She and Pathways Country Yoga Retreat is also registered with World Yoga Alliance India. She is also registered with International Kundalini Yoga Teachers Association and 3HO South Africa. She obtained a full distinction, Life Coaching Diploma through The Institute in the UK.

Jennifer has been practicing Yoga for 22 years and teaching for 19 years. She has also trained teachers for the last 14 years. Her practices began initially as self healing which lead her to sharing the powerful ancient tradition. To learn more about the teacher’s Yoga lineage click here.

It is Jennifer’s intention to coach people life changing techniques to transform their lives. She teaches a way of living, which brings self realization of who they are and what they are capable of.

She has completed a collection of Yoga voice guided meditation, relaxation & visualization CD’s and her book Pathways to Wellness. This book is a life changing gift that coaches stress management and emotional balancing to release anger, depression, anxiety, fear and so forth. It includes powerful emotional balancing and stress management techniques.

Jennifer’s belief is that the most essential element of any qualification is self experience and a deep passion.


18th June 2014


To whom it may concern,

This letter serves to confirm that Jennifer Alison Fitzsimmons is a qualified and registered member of the Yoga Teachers’ Fellowship of Southern Africa. We have reviewed and recommend the 200 and 500 hour Yoga Course as taught by Jennifer.

The course is comprehensive and adheres to international requirements offering students a practical and theoretic understanding of all limbs of yoga.

Jennifer Fitzsimmons is the founder of Pathways Country Yoga Retreat based in Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa where she hosts workshops, yoga retreats and classes. She is the author of her published book Pathway to Wellness and CD Collection. As a qualified Life Coach she specializes in transforming lives in wellness and success.

Jennifer is a qualified and registered Yoga Teacher through Ishta School of Yoga and Health. She is also a qualified Kundalini Yoga Teacher (as taught by Yogi Bhajan) through 3HO and teaches both styles of yoga.

Jennifer has been practicing Yoga for 18 years and teaching for 15 years.

Ishta info: Kavi Yogaraj Mani Finger formulated the Integral School of Hatha yoga and Tantric Arts in the late 1960s and together with a committee of peers, founded the Yoga Teachers’ Fellowship of SA as a support, protection and recommendation system for yoga in South Africa.

YTF and its members are listed by the International Yoga Federation as is the Yoga Alliance. http://www.internationalyogafederation.net/fiyorganizations.html scroll down to Africa then South Africa to go directly to our website.

Hari Om.


M. Contardo (Sn Prem Bindu Mardeva Mahasaya)

Yoga Teachers’ Fellowship of SA

P.O. Box 139 Ferndale 2160

011 886 2117/083 300 3512



International Yoga Federation Member


21 days Live in Yoga Teachers Training Retreat.

This training is completed in one module and is an ideal training environment as full yogic lifestyle and practice becomes ones way of living for 21 days creating a new habit. Food and accommodation are included in your training program. 

Dates for 21 Days Yoga Teachers Training 2020

05 – 25 January 2020
02 – 22 February 2020
01 – 21 March 2020
05 – 25 April 2020
03 – 23 May 2020
07 – 27 June 2020
05 – 25 July 2020
02 – 22 August 2020
06 – 26 September 2020
04 – 24 October 2020
01 – 21 November 2020
22 Nov – 12 Dec 2020

For more information email pathwayscountryyogaretreat@gmail.com

Contact Jennifer +27 83 695 1360s